Bargate ward

April 29th, 2016
Summary: Elections to Southampton City Council in May 2016
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party)
  • Joe COX (Green Party)
  • John Easton (Independent)
  • Thomas Gravatt (Liberal Democrat)
  • Darren Paffey (Labour Party)

Questions for Bargate ward candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

If elected will you sign up to the Space for Cycling campaign?

Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party) A response has been submitted on behalf of all Conservative Party candidates by the group spokesperson for Environment and Transport, Councillor Steven Galton.
Joe COX (Green Party) I have read the Space for Cycling campaign brochure and if elected will be happy to sign up to it.
John Easton (Independent) Yes I would be happy to support your campaign.
Thomas Gravatt (Liberal Democrat) Yes, looking through the information on the campaign it looks well thought through. I cycle to University everyday so I agree there does need to be more action on creating safe routes for cyclists.
Darren Paffey (Labour Party) Yes, as someone who regularly cycles to and from work, as well as around the city centre, I’d happily sign up to the Space for Cycling Campaign.  On the 20mph pledge, evidence from trials in Southampton have shown that 20mph zones alone don’t actually reduce motorists’ speed overall, and police enforcement of these is restricted by their resources, so different ways need to be found to reduce speed in built-up areas.

# Question 2

If elected what would you do to encourage cycling in Southampton?

Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party) A response has been submitted on behalf of all Conservative Party candidates by the group spokesperson for Environment and Transport, Councillor Steven Galton.
Joe COX (Green Party) I live in Millbrook and cycle around three days a week to work in Chilworth. For years I used a standard mountain bike, however in the last two years I am using an electric power assisted mountain bike. I have over twenty years experience cycling in the Southampton area. As a campaingner for Park & Ride schemes and believing the Wide Lane site, presently a redundant car park could be an option, this would go part way to taking cars off our City’s roads.
John Easton (Independent) Well I agree with all your campaigns 6 central themes totally.

If I am elected as a Bargate councillor on May the 5th you can count on my support in any way I can.

Thomas Gravatt (Liberal Democrat) I would try to take cyclists in to account during any debates surrounding road safety/improvement. If other councillors have neglected cyclists when creating plans I will make sure to raise the issue of cycling. I can also attend your meetings if desired and find out what the issues affecting cyclists in the city are and raise them with the council. Also if I personally find problems with roads when I’m cycling through the city I will make sure to let the council know.
Darren Paffey (Labour Party)
The first thing I’d do if elected is lead by example and get on my bike more for some of the excellent events available such as Sky Ride! I’d also commit to meeting with your campaign group to discuss priorities for cyclists around the ward, and how to make the city centre even more cycle-friendly.
There are lots of routes within Bargate ward which are either suitable for cyclists (wider roads) or are designated for cyclists (specific lanes), and a lot has been achieved during the last few years under a Labour council, such as developing the My Journey scheme, and extending designated cycle lanes.
If elected, I’d look for opportunities not only to promote ways of getting around by bike more widely in our schools, businesses and communities, but to see what more can be done by the Council and by partners who are developing the city centre to extend cycle routes where they don’t already exist and where they would help to link the city centre to other areas of the city.  My employer runs a salary-sacrifice scheme for buying a bike and related equipment, so I’d ensure this kind of scheme is promoted to new businesses opening in the city centre, as well as existing employers too.
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